Wines without borders
Mandrarossa is the result of over 20 years of research: expression of a different Sicily, which innovates and experiments. The unexpected side of Sicily.
Innovation isn’t only keeping up with the trends. It isn’t what is new that advances. It is, however, a new version of tradition.
Innovation is the ability to pass on ancient treasures over time in new ways.
Innovation is to discover new properties, new characteristics, new aspects of keystones that acquire new value over time.
"For Mandrarossa innovation is researching a new identity for Sicilian wines."
Created in 1999 thanks to a study that lasted over 20 years, which led to selecting the best variety/terroir combinations: the ideal habitats that allow each grape variety to fully express its potential.
After a long time spent mapping out the region in order to choose the best terroir, Mandrarossa finally came into existence.
The new millennium had scarcely begun when Mandrarossa opened its doors to markets both national and international and made its official début at the first Vinitaly with a range originally comprising 7 labels.
This year saw the appearance of Feudo dei Fiori, a rather successful white wine, which brought the first significant acknowledgement for Mandrarossa, the National Oscar of the Almanacco del Berebene, awarded by Gambero Rosso.
The year that witnessed the birth of what was to become Mandrarossa’s iconic Cartagho, Nero d'Avola which, within a few years, went on to be awarded the Tre Bicchieri by Gambero Rosso for 6 different vintages.
The brand was radically re-vamped, with a totally re-styled range and change of image with a new logo: from the ordinary vine-leaf to a dwarf palm, a symbol of the biodiversity and distinctiveness of the region around Menfi.
Saw the birth of the Brigata di Cucina Mandrarossa, a “brigade” of women from Menfi who took their local culinary traditions on a tour of Italy and the whole world. Two months later the first edition of the Mandrarossa Vineyard Tour was held, an event that was destined to grow over the following years and increase in terms of number of visitors and their enjoyment.
Studies were carried out on calcareous soils, leading to the discovery of a potentially high-quality micro-terroir, from which emerged Vini di Contrada, Bertolino Soprano and Terre del Sommacco, the Grillo and the Nero d’Avola, which were to be launched five years later at Vinitaly 2019.
Mandrarossa’s 20th birthday was celebrated with the return of one of the first labels to emerge with the original brand: Feudo dei Fiori, which had departed from the scene in 2010, following the radical revamping of the brand, and has today been revived in terms of both image and characteristics.
A vintage tale yet to be told…
After founding the Brand, result of years of studies of soil mapping, research continued to be the guiding light towards innovative Sicilian wines. In the territory of Menfi, where Mandrarossa is created, the behavior of other varieties was monitored in 5 experimental fields. Intense micro-vinification activities were carried out leading to the introduction of new wines into the product line over time, some of which, unique for the Sicilian panorama.
The study of
Mandrarossa’s ambition is great, and starting in 2014 a team of international oenologists, agronomists and terroir experts, launched an important scientific study on the limestone soils, leading to the production of two Contrada wines.
Mimmo De Gregorio and Filippo Buttafuoco, Oenologist and Wine-making expert for Mandrarossa, started, with the support of Alberto Antonini oenology consultant and Pedro Parra specialist in the study of microterroirs, as well as geologists from the University of Palermo, an in-depth research project on the Mandrarossa territory. The results of the analysis showed the great potential of the hillside area, with the presence of limestone parent rock from marine origin, which were the focus of the study. Using electroconductivity tests, a microterroir with a high qualitative potential was discovered in the two selected districts called “contrade”, in which the two best vineyards were chosen from the two best vintages. So far: one Grillo variety (in Contrada Bertolino Soprano) and two Nero d’Avola varieties (in Contrada Miccina) used to produce the white “Bertolino Soprano 2017” and the red “Terre del Sommacco 2016”, the two new Mandrarossa wines presented at Vinitaly 2019.